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    February 26, 2014

    Time for a Tough Talk

    Four Steps to Prepare For a Tough Conversation With Your Employee

    Many leaders that I work with really want to focus on external activities.  Perfect planning.  Clear calendars.  Great goals.  It feels like you are getting a lot more done that way, right?   As a new leader, I would love it if you could avoid this trap.  Truly leading your team means that you are not just getting a bunch of work done, but there is harmony in your team.  Communication is clear.  Conflicts are constructive.  Engagement is high.   If you...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on February 26, 2014

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    February 18, 2014

    The Difference Between an Individual Contributor & a Leader

    Take this self-assessment & push yourself toward leadership.

    You may carry the title of a Senior Manager and yet struggle to truly get work done through others in a way that propels the team forward.    You may have the experience and authority to get compliance and yet fail to earn true commitment from the people on your team.    If you haven’t quite reached the rung of leadership in your ascent to your position, it may be because you are clinging to old, familiar behaviors that have served you well in the past. This is a common career...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 18, 2014

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    February 14, 2014

    Five Leadership Capabilities of Abraham Lincoln

    How do you and your leadership team measure up in these capabilities?

    As February annually asks us to reflect on our Presidents, it too allows us to reflect on our own leadership and leaders in our organizations. I cannot help but reflect on the leadership capabilities of our 16th President.  As we lament the divisiveness of our current national political dialogue and the uncertainty and ambiguity it creates geopolitically for business, political, military and global leaders, I am reminded that our nation has suffered greater challenges and pulled through them. ...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 14, 2014

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    February 10, 2014

    Building & Leading High-Performance Teams-7 Questions Leaders Ask

    What’s good for the general is also good for the corporate leader!

    Effective leaders ask many questions – and listen to the answers they receive.  Great leaders act on what they hear. A right of passage for first year cadets (plebes) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA) requires the memorization of a wide range of information and the accurate recitation of the details when requested by upperclassmen.  The objective of the exercise, according to the guidebook of the time, was to develop memory retention skills and the ability to perform...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 10, 2014

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    February 3, 2014

    3 Communication Practices That Will Enrich Your Life

    These few skills are the ones that we should practice everyday.

    Just as high quality ingredients make every recipe more nutritious and delicious, a specific set of healthy communication practices can make every relationship more nourishing and life affirming. Read on to learn more about foundational communication practices that will enrich your life.   “Assertiveness for Women.” “Powerful Speech.” “Being Charismatic!” The list of self-help communication titles is endless. And it is true that to be a very competent...Continue reading

    By Claire LaughlinPosted in Communication Skills on February 3, 2014

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    January 27, 2014

    7 Ways to Engage Your Team

    Improve Employee Engagement & Reduce Turnover

    According to the 2014 Conference Board CEO Challenge, “Building a culture that supports engagement, employee training, leadership development, and high performance is something companies can control, and can mean the difference between growing market share and simply surviving in 2014.” But that lofty statement includes more than just the CEO’s effort. That means managers – at every level – have got to build some intention around how to better stimulate and engage...Continue reading

    By Lea McLeodPosted in Management on January 27, 2014

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    January 22, 2014

    Leading With Integrity-From West Point to Chairman of the Board

    Executive Insight from William Murdy, Chairman, Comfort Systems USA, & Thayer Leader Development Group

    Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing a fellow West Point graduate, William F. (Bill) Murdy, Chairman of Comfort Systems USA  (Houston) (NYSE: FIX), a $1.3 billion company providing heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) installation and services in the commercial/industrial/institutional sector. In addition to his extensive experience and knowledge in the corporate world, his recent venture into executive training through the creation of The Thayer Leader Development Group brings a...Continue reading

    By Dan WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 22, 2014

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    January 14, 2014

    7 Mini Conversations to Have with Your Team

    Important discussion topics for effective managers.

    I am rarely shocked anymore when a client tells me they aren’t clear on the key deliverables of his or her job. Or that they don’t have regular conversations with their manager. Or that the relationship is difficult.    As a manager you must be able to deliver results by working with and through other people. So part of becoming a great manager, is developing good relationships with your employees. Relationships are how work gets done in today’s workplace.    One...Continue reading

    By Lea McLeodPosted in Management on January 14, 2014

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    January 12, 2014

    Crafting Your Own Personal Leadership Philosophy

    What It Takes To Be Credible As A Leader

    “Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share. Be bold. Proclaim it everywhere. They only live who dare.”  - Voltaire   To be effective and inspiring as a leader, you must do what Voltaire describes in this quatrain.  Developing a Personal Leadership Philosophy (PLP) will empower you to declare YOUR truth and stand tall within it, to operate from a position of strength that ennobles you.    It is a common practice in all...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 12, 2014

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    December 26, 2013

    Forever destined to be a Senior Manager: Why you won’t get promoted to VP

    18 Unspoken Rules You Need to Follow to Get (& Keep) your next promotion.

    You’ve worked hard to be a strong contender for the promotion to fill the position as the newest Director or VP in your company.   You’ve listened to upper management who has given you what seems to be good, well-meaning advice.  You may have also read the employee manual that defines all twenty seven leadership competencies identified by HR and expert consultants specifically to be considered to fill the leadership role.  You likely have the company’s mission and vision...Continue reading

    By Christina HaxtonPosted in Management on December 26, 2013

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